Archive for January, 2010

Hearts, Wine & Chocolate

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Indulge your Valentine with a special treat this year at Solis Winery:  a tantalizing pairing of chocolate and wine in a romantic setting overlooking the vineyard and mountainous backdrop.

Saturday and Sunday, February 13th and 14th, 2010

Noon to 4:30PM

Admission $10pp/ Wine Club Members Free

Lentil & Sausage Soup

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

1-pound lentils

Olive oil

2-large yellow onions, medium dice

3-medium leeks (white & green part cut in half long ways)chopped and rinsed.

5-medium carrots, medium dice

8-stalks celery, medium dice

2-cloves garlic minced

1-tablespoon kosher salt

1 ½ -tablespoons fresh time chopped fine

1-teaspoon ground cumin

2-teaspoons freshly grounded black pepper

3-32oz boxes of chicken stock

¼ cup red wine

¼ cup tomato paste

1-pound lamb or kielbasa sausage (cooked)

½ pound Italian sausage cooked and crumbled

Chopped Italian parsley for garnish

Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Cover lentils with boiling water and let sit for 20 minutes, then drain. Add some olive oil to a large stock pot over medium high heat and sauté onions and leeks for 10 minutes; add the thyme & cumin and sauté for 5 minutes longer, stirring making sure not to burn. Add the carrots, celery and sauté 8 minutes longer; add the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes longer. Add the chicken stock, tomato paste and lentils, stir to combine. Bring to a boil, turn heat down and simmer for 45 minutes. Add the red wine, cooked sausage and simmer for 8 minutes longer. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese. *NOTE – this makes a lot of soup. You can freeze your leftovers.